Dec. 7 meeting set to discuss Carbondale library

Council member submits resignation

CARBONDALE—Kandy Hinck, president of the Carbondale Friends of the Library, presented the city council with a report of the past month’s activities during the Nov. 7 meeting of the Carbondale City Council.

“We have been very busy this past month,” Hinck said. “There were 998 visitors to the library. Not only were many books and videos checked out, we expanded our love for the community by hosting the Halloween contest. There were about 60 to 70 kids that participated and I think everyone had a great time. We want to thank the council for your support with this as well.”

Hinck said the library board is in the process of orchestrating a capital campaign for the new library building by contacting fund raising personnel. The board is investigating a for-profit company as well.

She said Don Schultz, Overbrook mayor, had offered to help with information on how the Overbrook’s Library campaign was established and organized.

“There will be a town hall meeting to discuss this options,” Hinck said. “We invite everyone to come if they are interested in this project.”

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the city hall.

Maintenance update

Brad Haugh, maintenance employee, informed the council that he had a surprise inspection from the Kansas Department of Labor last week to inspect the city’s properties.

“I took this gentleman on a guided tour of the all the city’s property’s and he made inspections and determinations whether or not we are up to code,” Haugh said. “One area that the state cited the city was deficient was the swinging doors into the large room off of city hall. Also, the caged door on the outside of the building was an infraction.

“The state will send us a listing of infractions with a time frame as to when these need to be corrected,” Hinck said. “Overall, we had a good inspection.”

Haugh also informed the council the spring playground equipment has arrived for the new park renovation.

In other business, the council:

• approved resignation letter from Lee Curtis, council member.

• approved to begin the bidding process for the demolition of the old lumber yard building for the building site of the new library. Sealed bids will be accepted until noon Nov. 21 at city hall.

• approved $100 donation to the Santa Fe Trail After Prom Committee.

• tabled travel revision of the employee handbook.

• tabled credit card revision of the employee handbook.

• heard from Gordon Smith, police chief, about upcoming Neighborhood Watch programs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Nov. 17 and 28 at the Carbondale Attendance Center.

Smith also requested from the council a purchase of five winter jackets for the police department at $60 each for the department. The council approved the $300 request.

• heard from Kandy Hinck about Christmas in Carbondale Dec. 4 at city hall.

• convened to an executive session for 35 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel. No decisions were made.

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